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About The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill
The Culinary Arts Department at Scottsdale Community College proudly operates two restaurants in which our student chefs create and serve the best in culinary fare.
The Artichoke Grill is open for lunch Wednesday through Friday, serving fabulous a la carte meals that include soups, salads, sandwiches, grill items and desserts.
The Desert Oasis dining room provides our guests outstanding five course dinners, Wednesday through Friday. Menus change weekly and can be viewed on our web site, www.scottsdalecc.edu/programs/culinary-arts/download-information
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday- Friday: 11:30am - 1:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$30 and under
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The college is located on the northeast corner of Chaparral Road and the 101 freeway. Parking is found by taking the 4th entrance into the college, taking an immediate right onto the loop road into parking lot H. Our building is Applied Science, located on the west side of that lot and entrance to the dining rooms is from the north.
Private Party Facilities:
Our restaurants are able to accommodate private parties from 40 to 80 and reservations may be made by calling 480-423-6284.
Private Party Contact:
Marilyn Hawkes: (480) 423-6284
Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill Ratings and Reviews
The students were so professional that one would never guess they were new in the business. Every course in the 5 course dinner was delicious and well presented. Price were unbelievable For the value. Great intimate candle light quaint atmosphere. Highly recommend for locals as well as visitors to enjoy this unique dining experience.
We enjoyed each course. I thought the lobster bisque was a little on the thick side and perhaps a bit too heavy on the salad dressings but overall it was super delicious! My prime rib came out perfectly cooked and my husband loved his salmon! The service was fantastic and very attentive! The desserts were wonderful and just the right amount after such a huge meal. We will definitely dine there again and again!
This is a great place to take guests. The food is all prepared by the Culinary School students. The table is very nicely set with nice tablecloth and napkins. It is a wonderful place go to in order to support the community and the students in the Culinary School. The food is always good, not perfect but you need to understand that these are students and they are practicing their cooking and baking skills. Wonderful to be able to talk to the students and ask them questions about their experience at the school and their goals.
I have been going to Desert Oasis for over 25 years. With students in the kitchen sometimes it's good, sometimes not so good. On this occasion everything was good from the service to the food.
There have been some changes in the last year – no more parade desserts for example. And I understand more changes are coming for next year. When the changes will be the price. I hope you can still stay reasonable because that is a big selling point – a five course meal for a reasonable price
Everything is prepared by the culinary school students. Table is set very nicely and students are very pleasant. Presentation of food is well done. It certainly gives the students the opportunity to interact with the customers and also gives the opportunity to practice different aspects of the restaurant industry.
The Artichoke Grill is entirely staffed and run by the culinary students at Scottsdale Community College, but from the food you’d never know it! Tantalizing food pairings with gorgeous presentation!
My friends and I each ordered a different item, and we shared with each other. The Shitake burger was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of burgers! It was a wonderful combination of flavors, a very sophisticated rendering far beyond your typical burger. The potato wedges paired with them were a delight, with a light horseradish inspired seasoning. So good!!
The sea bass was delicately flavored, and the thyme seasoned potato cake made a “perfect bite” with it. While it wasn’t my favorite dish among the three, it was a favorite for one of my friends. I’m not a big fan of thyme, but they both loved the thyme!
The hits entree was a chicken salad sandwich with a tomato ragout. The chicken salad was exactly what a person expects from chicken salad. No surprises — just chicken salad as it should be. The aspect that bumped it into WOW range was the roll it was on, which was soft but chewy, the perfect texture to accompany the chicken salad. That pairing of bread and filling made this sandwich shine. And while the chicken salad had no surprises to it, the tomato ragout had a delightful kick of pepper that spiced up the plate.
What a wonderful gem of a lunch at a fantastic price. Too bad we were too full for the dessert sampler because it looked divine!
We love this place. Where else can you get a good 5 course meal for $25 per person. We have started going 4 times a year. We have even started taking our 2 kids with us and they enjoy the food and the staff treats us very well. It is also great to support the learning of the students both on the cooking side and the serving side of things.
We had a very enjoyable lunch at the Artichoke Grill. The bread basket was very impressive containing 6 different homemade things in it, cranberry muffin, banana bread, large crackers with sesame seeds on it, to name a few. The dessert sampler had 3 desserts and the taste and presentation rivaled any high end restaurant in the valley. My husband enjoyed his lamb with polenta, although the lamb was a bit fatty. My Monte Cristo sandwich was good but could've been warmer as I believe it's supposed to be a warm sandwich. This is an actual school so perfection is not expected but it sure came very close to it. We are returning in a few weeks to see what other deliciousness they are cooking up.
booked one month in advance and was looking forward to having a fish
dinner dover sole with shrimp however after we were seated the waiter
went to the back and returned to tell us they were out of it .This was
special occasion as it was my wife's birthday what shame it turned out
like that. The new manager only offered steak as a substitute neither
one of us eat meat. Should be compensated for the discrepancy we
drove quite a distance to get to the restaurant . Thanks for the
memorable experience. you made or Friday night miserable.
In spite of advising restaurant and waitperson of allergy to mushrooms, food was served covered with mushrooms. She didn't eat any but later had severe attack as apparently they used mushrooms in the lobster bisque. Second meal at Oasis with same outcome. One would think at a school about food, the staff would know what they put into their meals🤔
My wife and I had an excellent dinner at the Desert Oasis. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable, polite, and personable. Tanner was our server and his service was professional and enjoyable. Our only dislike was the prime rib. It was not as flavorsome as we would have expected. All of the others dishes were excellent.
We will certainly be back next semester. We have told several friends about the Oasis.
Our group has dined at the Desert Oasis at least once a year because the group members both support and enjoy student efforts. This year's experience was disappointing because the kitchen ran out of the entrée most of us had intended to order. In past years, students visited each table and presented the dessert they'd created. Diners would then select their desserts from those featured. This year there were no individual student presentations, no Q & A opportunities with the students, and dessert was a tray of 3 different and not necessarily desired items. Given these factors, each member of the group felt the meal was too expensive.
Very enjoyable meal, excellent food prepared as requsted, great presention.
Our server, Tanner was knowledgeable and attentive.
We spent time talking as the atmosphere was conducive for conversion. Great!
We'll be back.
Keep up this program, great for the community
Having eaten here numerous times I would caution one to ask if any rubs are used on meat. They can be salty. My last two times there the entrees have been disappointing. It's a teaching school so hopefully each new chef makes the experience improved from feedback provided by diners.
This was the second time I have dined here and have enjoyed it each time. One thing that I feel would be a nice addition would be for the students to explain each dish. We could read what was on the menu but it would be helpful to have the preparation explained to us. I feel it would be a great learning experience for the students to teach us.
Love the experience!
Pleasant atmospher, However I don't know how anyone could miss the chocolate drippings on the wall next to our table. We had a very enthusiastic, pleasant and attentive server. Bread basket could have been more salty and less sweet. The Italian cheese bread was delicious and they provided plenty of butter on the table! Water glasses were kept full and the soup appetizer was delicious, however the serving bowls could have used a wipe. We were disappointed that they only had 2 of 3 entres available . The duck/feta cheese casadilas were wrapped in dry/hard tortillas and the duck was minimal with an excessive amount of fried onion filler. Tuna sandwich was just okay, once they had taken it back to have additional tuna on the bun. (mango chunks was more prevalent than tuna, when first delivered to the table)
The sampler dessert was exceptional. Each pastry was exquisite, however the creme de chocolate could have had a little less filling (couldn't finish it between three of us)!
Price was very good, however neither dish that was available would have been my 1st or 2nd choice! Something more hearty may have been better.
The service was excellent and the selection choice was that of a quality establishment. The soup tasted amazing but was a little cool. Many at the table had lamb and all agreed - fab.
Will definitely return. The concept is excellent and each and everyone involved goes above and beyond to make your visit pleasant.
We celebrated my aunts birthday here and we're not disappointed. Food divine, especially the desserts. Our waiter, although very shy at first, opened up as service progressed and was very interesting and answered all our questions. Try the mocktail, very refreshing.
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